When we talk about lazy afternoons or boring Sundays, movies are the first ever thing that pops into our head. That too if waiting for Game of Thrones has finally made you impatient or you haven’t yet watched the latest episode of Riverdale yet.
Romcoms, musicals and alike are the most recommended genres that people prefer. Even horror is one the most visited and discussed category. People are only made aware of the best movies made in the industry. Only a few are acquainted with those movies which have been banned because of high controversies and critics in the industry. These films are seldom spoken of and even less remembered because these films never made it to the front pages.
“Movies are an adaptation of the real” is the set phrase. Censors, however, accept only those which can only be portrayed on the big screen without making people feel edgy. And that is where the wrangle starts. Despite the rules and regulations, there have always been filmmakers who dared to question the establishment. Without them, we would not have got classics like Wild Bunch or Psycho.
Of course, religion is also a highly contentious theme. Martin Scorcese’s The Last Temptation of Christ was met with firebombing in a theatre of Paris. These will pretty much be always the subject of disagreement and disputes at all times.
Some movies are simply made to horrify the people with its abhorrent scenes and gratuitous violence.
Controversies have arisen all the time due to several reasons: too violent, too sexual, too graphic, too queer, etc. Here is a list of what I think are the most controversial movies of all times. The list might differ from person to person but in many ways, these remain to be the subject of controversies at all times.
1. La Dolce Vita
La Dolce Vita is one of the greatest film of Italian cinema. It’s a comedy drama following gossip-writer over a week in his pursuit of love. The reviews of the movie were positive and the audience at Cannes really liked it. But not are were happy from Fellini’s work. Mocking the Catholic Church and parodying Jesus didn’t go well with the Vatican.
2. Fahrenheit 9/11
This movie highlighted the errors of world’s most powerful person and labelled him as a villain. This film was focused on US President George W. Bush and show his negativities during the September Attack. This documentry was in headlines before ir premiered at Cannes. But it was widely praised in Cannes and received a 20-minute standing ovation, among the longest standing ovations in the festival’s history.
3. Do The Right Thing
Do The Right Thing is Spike Lee’s one of the best work. The movie initiated a huge public debate on actions of lead character and many accused the film of inciting racial riots. But all went well andthe movie received excellent reviews from audience.
4. The Passion of the Christ
A film centered around the last twelve hours of the life of Jesus Christ, it is a biblical drama directed by Mel Gibson. The portrayal of the crucifixion and a brief depiction of the resurrection made it anti-Semitic to the eyes of the audience.
Although it’s a little too early to say how long this will remain etched in history, the controversy that arose centering around this film was huge. From protesting mobs to the actors receiving open death threats, the movie saw it all. Multiple scenes were omitted before the film say the light of theatres. The story revolves around the life of queen Padmavati, supposedly the most beautiful queen of Indian history and the story of Mewar’s downfall. The distinction arose due to the most obvious reason as the previous one- religion.
6. Fifty Shades of Grey
A movie based on the novel which goes by the same name, it revolves around the story of Anastasia Steele, a college graduate to involve herself in a sadomasochistic relationship with the business tycoon, Christian Grey. While the film was debated over the immoderate presentation of sexual scenes. However, it won several accolades including Worst Picture while the music was a big hit. Despite the disputes, the film still survived enough to bring on two more sequels to the audience.
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